London DIY punks Dream Nails have today released the latest taster track from their much-anticipated debut album.
The self-titled record was due out in April, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will now come out on UK indie label Alcopop! Records on August 28.
The new song, Jillian, is about queerness, body positivity and problematic TV fitness celebrity Jillian Michaels. It is the fifth track they’ve shared from the album, after Corporate Realness, Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns), Kiss My Fist and Payback.
Singer Janey Starling said: “It’s about realising you’re queer while you’re doing a workout DVD. It’s a personal-power anthem about finding the strength to come out; that’s what the line ‘I feel the fear leaving my body’ is all about.
Both [bassist] Mimi and I discovered strength training through Jillian Michaels’ ‘30 Day Shred’ home DVD, and the catch-phrases were too good to not make a song from!
“Since then she’s said some uncool and unkind stuff to Lizzo, which we were really gutted to hear. This song is very much about finding your own strength, regardless of your body shape.”
Dream Nails are rising stars of the DIY punk scene, and have been compared to The Slits and Elastica. They’re noted for their strong emphasis on empowerment from a queer feminist perspective and their involvement in a host of political causes.
Their growing reputation has seen them tour in the UK and Europe with Cherry Glazerr and in Europe with Anti-Flag, and make three consecutive appearances at Glastonbury – all before releasing their first LP.
Dream Nails are Janey Starling (vocals), Anya Pearson (guitar/backing vocals), Mimi Jasson (bass/ backing vocals), Lucy Katz (drums/backing vocals).